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Finding Aid to the Data Center Poster Collection, circa 1965-circa 1998 (bulk 1975-1995)
BANC PIC 1999.087  
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  • Administrative Information

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Data Center poster collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1965-circa 1998
    Date (bulk): 1975-1995
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1999.087
    Collector: Data Center (Oakland, Calif.)
    Extent: 4 boxes and 24 oversize folders (circa 845 posters)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Spanish, French

    Information for Researchers

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Data Center poster collection, BANC PIC 1999.087, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Political posters
    Latin America--Politics and government--20th century
    United States--Politics and government--1945-1989

    Administrative Information

    Received as part of the Data Center archive, which incudes the Data Center records (BANC MSS 99/329).

    Processing Information

    Received unsorted. Grouped by Bancroft Library staff according to size, then within each size category, items were rough-sorted by topic or origin. If posters appeared to be a set, or were produced by one agency, they were kept together. Most posters were grouped according to the nation or region to which they pertain. Each general grouping has been described (to the folder level) in this finding aid. Note that any one topic or region may have multiple relevant entries in this finding aid, due to the size divisions.

    Biography/Organization History

    The Data Center (Oakland, Calif.) was founded in 1977 as "an activist library and publication center, in affiliation with the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA)." As stated on the organization's website (2013), its mission "was to address the political economy and the injustice of class inequities worldwide, and to provide actionable information to those in frontline organizations engaged in those struggles for justice."

    Scope and Content Note

    Posters collected by the Data Center of Oakland, Calif., chiefly relating to the politics of Central America, but also including South America, Cuba, Africa and apartheid, American (United States) politics of the 1970s to mid-1990s, American issues of race and ethnicity, anti-war posters and handbills, community events, and alternative film promotions. Many items were produced in the San Francisco Bay Area to promote local events, rallies, or commemorations. Some materials are by Latin American artists and have various countries of origin.